Liberty Correctional Institution reports 52 additional cases of COVID-19

Florida Coronavirus News

LIBERTY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB)– Liberty County reported an increase of 52 cases in Sunday’s COVID-19 case count. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, 52 inmates tested positive at Liberty Correctional Institution Main Unit.

The inmates were exposed to a COVID-19 positive inmate at Liberty CI, bringing the total to 56. Liberty Main Unit Houses 1,363 inmates.

In addition to measures already in place to protect inmates, FDC initiated the following actions:

  • Liberty CI transitioned to providing all services including medical services and meals to inmates within their dormitories.
  • Institutional response teams have been activated to address emerging needs.
  • FDC is coordinating with the county health department to initiate increased testing within the facility. All inmates will be offered tests.
  • All staff will be offered testing at Liberty Main Unit and the satellite facilities of Liberty South Unit and Quincy Annex.
  • All inmates are being monitored by health services staff and temperature checks are being conducted throughout the day.
  • All staff and inmates were issued and are required to wear cloth face coverings. Staff have the option of wearing an FDC-provided cloth face covering, their own approved personal cloth face covering/medical-grade mask or obtaining a surgical-grade mask from the institution.
  • Rigorous cleaning throughout the institution was already in place and has been heightened as a result of the test results.
  • Approximately 7,000 surgical-grade masks and 120 N95 masks were immediately sent to Liberty CI for proper PPE utilization by staff treating inmates. Additional masks are on standby for distribution if needed.
  • All symptomatic inmates within the facility have been placed in medical isolation.
  • Inmates within the facility have access to appropriate care and treatment.
  • Inmate transfers to and from the facility have been temporarily suspended.
  • All inmate movement within the facility has been restricted.
  • Inmates continue to have access to the canteen through individual orders.
  • Inmates continue to have access to communication with family and loved ones through phone and JPay kiosks.

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